The Chargers’ run defense was going to have to grow up, but in the meantime it was going to go through some awkward phases.
The voices of leadership would crack and eventually develop. The blemishes on the roster would clear themselves up. And, eventually, the unsure, immature group would emerge as a fully developed unit capable of controlling matters.
That, at least, was Gus Bradley’s hope early in the season.
The Chargers’ defensive coordinator had to believe it. If not, it was going to be a long season.
In preseason games against Seattle, Kansas City, the Rams and San Francisco, the Chargers struggled to stop the run. In the season opener in...
San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) hands the ball off to running back Ryan Mathews (24) during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium.